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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 25. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 6. 20 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Seth Andrews' New Book, "Sacred Cows" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 6. 7 Replies

For the last few podcasts, Seth Andrews has been alluding to a new literary effort he's been working on.  Well, the cat is out of the bag ... or perhaps I should say, the cow is out of the barn!  Seth's new opus is entitled: Sacred Cows: a…Continue

Tags: book, Sacred Cows, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

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Comment by Plinius on August 18, 2012 at 12:48am

@Joan Denoo - yes, I am a bookworm! There's nothing like parents that need only one book and tell you constantly that a girl doesn't need to know whatever you asked - you never stop reading after that.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 12:17am

@booklover, an incredible group of photos of cats in friges. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 12:15am

@sk8eycat, what a brave mother caring for her pups. Odd she would choose a fire truck to place them after such a harrowing experience. Trust must have been high, and she probably understood who would protect her and her litter. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 12:10am

@Chris Breman, my goodness, the numbers of books and your wide range of interest is impressive. You must have been born with an inquiring mind! After retiring, reading became my passion and I spend a lot of time with a book; however, I find myself napping a lot more. Oh well, I have worked hard and I really enjoy the opportunity to just be present to the natural order of things, the rhythms and patterns. 

Sounds like you are a book-worm, too. It is a lovely way to spend time. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 12:06am

@The Flying Atheist, there is a difference between those who don't finish high school and continue to pursue interests beyond the mundane daily life. I find them open to questioning, exploring for new information, and willing to look at old ways of thinking and acting and experimenting with non-traditional ideas. As I think back to my childhood, the people I admired and wanted to spend time with were the questioners, seekers. 
Did you feel accepted and supported by your grandfather? He must have meant a lot to you, to remember him with such loving and respectful terms. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 17, 2012 at 11:51pm

My grandfather never finished high school, which was pretty common for someone born in 1910, but he was always reading and learning about some topic in a book from the library.  He was a very fun, kind, and down to earth person.  I admired him for his personality and for his scholarly eagerness to learn and to pass on what he knew. 

Comment by Plinius on August 17, 2012 at 11:38pm

I collect internetpictures from all over the world, and there are some 3000 books here: history, evolution, atheism, philosophy, DIYbooks and a lot of whodunnits and literature. I started to read lots of different things to patch up my poor education - still not finished ;-)

Comment by Steph S. on August 17, 2012 at 10:53pm
Oh I love your cool cat Patricia! Awesome!
Comment by Steph S. on August 17, 2012 at 10:26pm
Cold Cats are so cool! : )
Comment by Steph S. on August 17, 2012 at 9:49pm
Sk8eycat and booklover I just love those cute pics you both posted! It's so nice to come here and smile!
Have a great weekend!
 

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